At the intersections of light, space and interaction :: art, design and architecture

Karen Curley

Karen Curley is a visual artist, interactive designer and experimental filmmaker, with a diverse background encompassing Philosophy, Film Studies and Multimedia Systems, who explores the creation of interactive spatial experiences across a range of digital and analogue media.

Curley’s research focus encompasses the development of experiential environments, tangible interfaces and responsive spaces. The central areas she investigates embrace intersections between digital media, spatial design, interactivity and architecture. As chairperson of SuRe research group at the Institute of Communication Design within the College of Creative Arts, her work also considers potential sustainable methodologies as applied to electronic or kinetic media, and projects are often situated at the crossroads of design and technology.

Research highlights include Blinkendress, a tangible electroluminescent garment commission which featured as part of a global music tour in over 82 venues worldwide, an international premiere of the optical sound live performance work [i/o] at media arts festival Piksel ’09 in Bergen, Norway and participation in Lightwave, a major design event at the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, with the collaborative project Lightbox. Further creative practice include film festival screenings such as Urbanscreens 08, Federation Square, Melbourne; Tramuntana 09, Girona, Spain; Energetics and Informatics: 7th ADA Symposium, at the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui and collaborative kinetic sound sculptures at Club Transmediale, Berlin.

Curley also collaborated in the international Particle Tracks music tour where she co-designed a series of responsive light projections for NZ musician Bacherlorette (based in New York and signed to Drag City record label). These generative sound reactive visuals were featured across the US, UK and Europe, in such venues as The Bowery Ballroom, New York; Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin; Haus der Musik, Vienna and at the North by Northwest festival, Amsterdam.